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The Road Between Us by Nigel Farndale
  

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Two parallel stories, one set during World War II and onto the 50s and the other today. The first, which takes us through the horror of the war, centres on a homosexual relationship and the cruel reactions to such a love by the uninitiated of the period. The second follows the release of a Taliban hostage who has spent eleven years their prisoner. Going home he needs to adjust to his new life, not least to accept what is now a grown daughter. This is an essentially sad tale with twists and turns as they link and we discover the truth. Highly impressive and clever, I cannot fault it and do urge you to read it and also his first novel, Blasphemer.

If you like Nigel Farndale you might also like to read books by Martin Bird, Sebastian Faulks and Ian McEwan.

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Synopsis

The Road Between Us by Nigel Farndale

1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. Charles is court-martialled for 'conduct unbecoming'; Anselm is deported home to Germany for 're-education' in a brutal labour camp. Separated by the outbreak of war, and a social order that rejects their love, they must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences. 2012: Edward, a diplomat held hostage for eleven years in an Afghan cave, returns to London to find his wife is dead, and in her place is an unnerving double - his daughter, now grown up. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are troubling him. Was his wife's death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how was his release linked to Charles, his father? As dark and nuanced as it is powerful and moving, The Road Between Us is a novel about survival, redemption and forbidden love. Its moral complexities will haunt the reader for days after the final page has been turned.


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Reviews

'Rich, unsparing and exquisitely textured...Farndale possesses the implacable emotional ferocity of a first-rate novelist...Achingly poignant.' - Sunday Telegraph

'Farndale is an exceptional storyteller... An elegant and atmospheric fiction about survival and redemption.' -- Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

'The beauty of this novel lies in Farndale's ability to wrap some testing moral questions around a fantastic story...A book that has at its core a passionate examination of the meaning of love.' - Psychologies

'Two stories set some 70 years apart unfold in tandem in this big, busy novel whose themes range from the mysteries of memory to forbidden desire of all shades...As for the riddle of how these two tales connect, that's what drives the novel and provides it with an unexpected twist.' - Daily Mail

'Farndale is an accomplished novelist and historian who can deftly portray both the nuances of feeling and the brutality of war. an eye for psychological darkness. intricate plotting. genuinely involving.' - Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Nigel Farndale

Nigel Farndale is a columnist and feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph and has won a British Press Award for his interviews. He lives in London. This is his fourth book.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th February 2014

Author

Nigel Farndale

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Author's Website

www.nigelfarndale.com/

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552776981

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